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  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 5:01 AM
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Emergency Arab Meeting to Discuss Israel’s War on Gaza Upon Palestine’s Request

(AWP) - The Arab League held an extraordinary meeting at the level of member state delegates on Monday, at the request of the State of Palestine to discuss Israel’s ongoing war on the Gaza Strip since October 7 last year.

The attendees issued a resolution affirming the Arab League’s rejection of the repetition of the 1948 Nakba (meaning "catastrophe”) of Palestinian displacement and pledging to take political, diplomatic, legal and economic measures to prevent this “on the grounds that the goal of forced displacement is to liquidate the Palestinian issue.”

In a speech during the meeting, Muhannad al-Aklouk, Palestine’s representative to the Arab League, said, “I reaffirm that resisting the displacement of Palestinian people should not remain confined to statements and verbal positions rejecting it. It should be done by compelling Israel to take a series of steps; including an immediate end to the aggression, shelling, destruction and killing, lifting the deadly blockade and guaranteeing the flow of aid deliveries to the entire Gaza Strip.”

After the meeting, the Palestinian delegate held a press conference in which he briefed reporters on the course of the meeting, noting that the participants had described the events in the Gaza Strip as a “crime of genocide committed by Israel against the Palestinian people.”

In a statement to the Arab World Press (AWP), Aklouk said, “We are not talking about the day after the Israeli aggression. We are talking about the first day, this day on which the crime of genocide is being committed. This crime must be stopped and then we can talk about the future of the Gaza Strip.”

He added, “The future of Gaza is part of the future of the Palestinian state. It is the Palestinian people and leadership who decide about the future of the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian reconciliation agreement can return Gaza to be within the framework of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the legitimate and sole representative of the Palestinian people.”